Prospective Students

Apply for Full Admission

Apply for PreMBA Status


Consider PreMBA Status

Want to get started quickly, but don't have time to take the GMAT or GRE before the admission deadline? Or do you want to try out the program before formally applying? You can apply for PreMBA status.

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Download the Application Checklist for instructions on submitting your application documents.

Formal Admission

Admissions decisions are based on an assessment of:

  1. Professional post-baccalaureate work experience (a minimum of 18 months)
  2. Entrance exam results (More exam details)
  3. Past and present academic performance (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)
  4. Completed PMBA application (including essay)

PreMBA Status

Approval decisions are based on an assessment of:

  1. Professional post-baccalaureate work experience (a minimum of 18 months)
  2. Past and present academic performance (unofficial transcripts are acceptable for review)
  3. Completed Professional MBA PreMBA mini-application

Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted year-round for admission in the fall, spring, and summer semesters. However, we recommend you submit all materials by the following deadlines:

PreMBA Status

  • The deadline to apply for PreMBA status:

    Summer 2015
    Fall 2015
    Spring 2016
    May 4, 2015
    August 10, 2015
    January 5, 2016

Formal Admission

  • Early deadline. Applying before this date allows you to register for classes on the first day of course registration.

    Summer 2015
    Fall 2015
    Spring 2016
    March 1, 2015
    May 1, 2015
    October 1, 2015

  • The general deadline ensures an admission decision is made in time to prepare for and begin classes for the upcoming semester, pending class availability.

    Summer 2015
    Fall 2015
    Spring 2016
    April 30, 2015
    July 30, 2015
    December 30, 2015

Please allow up to two weeks for processing and review after all documents are received. You will be notified via email and/or phone once an admission decision is made.

If you have any questions about applying for admission, contact us via email at or by phone at 800-MBA-IOWA (800-622-4692).

Course Registration

You will receive more information about how to register once you are admitted to the program or approved for PreMBA status.

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I want to begin classes next semester but don't have enough time to complete the formal application process. You may want to consider beginning as a PreMBA student.

If it is past the general deadline, is it too late for me to apply? The general deadline is set based on the amount of time required for proper admissions and enrollment processing needed for you to begin class. Therefore, applications submitted after the general deadline will be considered for the following semester.

Do I need to send all the application materials in together? No, you can send the materials in as you complete them. However, an application will not be reviewed until ALL materials are received.

How long should my essay be? Your essay should be about half a page. There is no need to be lengthy; a direct, concise statement is equally effective.

When should I take the entrance exam? If you pursue formal admission, the entrance exam (GMAT/GRE) must be taken prior to an admission decision being made. For students in PreMBA status, you can take up to 3 courses before taking the test. Keep in mind it can take up to three weeks for us to receive your score.